On today’s Labor Calendar, there’s a free screening of the film "Dream On" at 5pm at the AFL-CIO. In the film, political comedian John Fugelsang investigates the perilous state of the American Dream after decades of an economy increasingly out of balance. For complete details on this and other upcoming local labor activities, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
Here’s today’s Labor Quiz: According to a recent Gallup poll, what percentage of Americans approve of labor unions? Is it 12, 23, 32, 44 or 58 percent? Go to unionist.com and click on Labor Quiz to submit your answer and you could be next week's winner!
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1894, Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday.
Walter Reuther was born on this date in 1907. He went on to become a founder of the United Auto Workers and was president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations when it merged with the AFL in 1955.
In 1934, a 3-week strike in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, part of a national movement to obtain a minimum wage for textile workers, resulted in the deaths of three workers. Ultimately more than 420,000 workers struck nationally.
And on this date in 1903, the AFL-CIO created Working America, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization designed to build alliances among non-union working people.
Today’s labor quote is by Walter Reuther:
“We shall realize and hold on to our gains only by making progress with the community and not at the expense of the community.”